Sen. Joe Manchin may have just killed off a big chunk of President Biden’s agenda. The West Virginia Democrat has made it clear that he won’t go along with his party’s hopes to kill — or at least amend — the de facto supermajority requirement for most legislation that passes through the upper chamber of Congress.

“There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” he writes in a new op-ed for The Washington Post. “The time has come to end these political games, and to usher a new era of bipartisanship where we find common ground on the major policy debates facing our nation.”

Manchin’s seemingly definitive declaration produced much weeping and gnashing of teeth on the left, and understandably so. Some big priorities for Democrats — such as HR 1, the voting rights bill now making its way through the legislative process — might well be impossible to pass in the near future: The party has just 50 votes at its disposal, along with the vice president’s potential tie-breaker that technically gives it a majority in the Senate, but it won’t get the 60 votes needed to break a …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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